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Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage - Hostel

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Location is great, a mere 5 minute walk from Swiss cottage tube station. Building appears nice from the outside. However, the inside is divided to big rooms with many many beds spread around, so expect smells, snoring, couples making out in bed, and sort of behavior that comes with this kind of setup. I had some insect bites on me the following day, and that did it for me. I will sadly never be back. This me however, some people might find it cheap and well located enough and can tolerate the setup and become frequent visitors.

This building according to reception staff used to be a biscuit factory. Everywhere you look there is a design classic or feature. The dorms are great with privacy and comfort taken care of....curtains and a bed frame seperate the clientele. The bar and restaurant are devine, though there should be a space away from the front of the building where folks can gather. This is undoubtedly the best business of its kind in London. Swiss Cottage has a cinema, theatre, farmers market and accessibility to nearby Abbey Rd and Kilburn.

Palmers Lodge was a great venue to host a large group (~60) of our extended family during a trip to London. It's in a great location in Swiss Cottage, has comfortable dorm and private rooms and several nice communal areas. The breakfast was good and we also had dinner one night which was good for a large group. They put on some live music for us with dinner which was a lovely surprise. Booking was straight forward and communication and payment easy. It was great value for central London. We would stay again and would definitely recommend it to others.

I stayed at Palmers Lodge for 9 days back in late October/early November and had a really good stay. It was my first time ever staying in a hostel so I was a little nervous about it, but they made it a very nice first experience. It was very clean, quiet and the curtained beds offered a surprising amount of privacy for the size of the dorm I was in. It was surprisingly easy to forget that I was sharing a room with 17 other people! The bed was a little too firm for my liking (though it had nice/warm bedding) and the bathroom and shared kitchen were a little claustrophobic, but otherwise I have no complaints. The building is very cute, the wifi reliable and the location was convenient to the tube. For the price I paid, I could hardly ask for more. I'd definitely consider staying here again if I ever return to London.

Only stayed one night but it was lovely! The staff were so friendly and helpful. The room was nice and beds very comfortable. Has good facilities and everything was really clean. The hostel is really beautiful and in a fantastic location - so easy and quick to get into London! Will definitely go back again!!

Amazing Hostel, the third time that I go! I am in love of the building and the area nearby. You will find all what you need just walking a few blocks. Inside the hostel you have all the info that you need about markets, food places, underground or buses info, etc. You will find a pub downstair which is very very good

My favorite place to stay in London, I always book there when I visit the city. Friendly staff, very clean, excellent location , powerful wifi everywhere in the building, a kitchen you can use, free tea and coffee all day, what more do you want?

I enjoyed my stay at the Palmers Lodge over two night last weekend. It was an interesting concept that the beds all came with their own little curtain to give the feel of personal space in a large dorm style hostel. The staff were friendly and the overall ambience was a positive one. There is a nice lounge, garden and sort of like a sunroom to chill and enjoy your meals. I spent the night out on Camden Town and it was quite something like Ive never experienced before with underground live bands and a rock club. that's right, definitely a first for me. Will I come back again? NO doubt! Brahma

The hostel was nice. It was clean. I stayed in a room with 21 beds where unfortunatly one person didn't stop snoring from 4PM to 10AM. There was a lack of toilets and showers for the number of guest, in my opinion. The personnel was nice and the shared room could be better. Overall a good experience for the price you pay :)

I already came to Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage for a week 2 years ago and I really enjoyed my time there, that's why I came back. I knew I wouldn't be disappointed in this hostel, the building is gorgeous, the staff is friendly, the bar is nice, beds are comfortable, bathrooms are clean... You're close to the tube station, on the jubilee line, which is very convenient! I will come back again 😊

40 College Crescent London England

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Concierge services
  • Laundry facilities

Located in Camden, Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage - Hostel is within 2 miles (3 km) of popular attractions such as ZSL London Zoo and Lord's Cricket Ground. This 34-room hostel welcomes guests with conveniences like a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and free in-room WiFi. Royal Albert Hall and London Business School are also nearby.


In addition to a meal at the onsite restaurant, you can also enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. For your convenience, a continental breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7:30 AM to 10 AM.


Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage - Hostel's 34 individually decorated rooms provide safes. Guests can expect to find free WiFi. Weekly housekeeping is available.

Property features

Renovated in 2012, Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage - Hostel offers free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and laundry facilities. Self parking is offered for GBP 5.00 per day. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with concierge services and luggage storage. Additional amenities include barbecue grills, a fireplace in the lobby, and an ATM.

Room options

Twin ensuite

Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Double Room, Ensuite

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Shared Dormitory, Women only (8 Bed)

Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm (9 Bed)

Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

79% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1497 reviews